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NOCSPEN Newsletter: October 2022

In this Issue

  • Upcoming: Live event with Nestle; RSVP required

  • Article: National Healthcare Decisions Day 

  • Latest in the News

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Upcoming Event 

Join Nestlé Health Science and NOCSPEN for an educational mixer

Date: November 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Location: Zocalo at 1801 Capitol Ave in Sacramento, CA


Enjoy appetizers, refreshments, and earn CE credit while learning about the following topics: 

🔸Journal Club CE article in JPEN Issue: 2, Volume: 46 on “Exclusive EN with Oral Polymeric Diet Helps in Inducing Clinical and Biochemical Remission in Adults with Active Crohn's Disease”

1.0 CE credit available for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists and physicians

🔸Two poster presentations on clinical and health economic outcomes on pediatric and adult patients in post-acute care receiving commercial blenderized TF formulas 

🔸 NHSC product demonstration

Registration is limited

RSVP by Thursday, October 27 to Cheryl Kurowski, RD at:

(m): 916.759.7745

This event is sponsored by NHSC. By your participation in this event, you are declaring that your participation is in compliance with the laws of your state and presents no conflict of interest with your facility’s policies and procedures.

National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 19, 2023

The following is an abstract from the article "Role of the Nutrition Support Clinician on a Hospital Bioethics Committee" by Schwartz et al, 2019 (1). April 19, 2023 is the next National Healthcare Decisions Day, and nutrition support professionals are uniquely qualified to take an active role in supporting patients and fellow clinicians in nutrition support choices. 

Hospital bioethics committees comprise a diverse group of healthcare professionals to deal with ethical issues within the institution that arise during patient care. The nutrition support clinicians (NSCs) have an important role on a bioethics committee because of their knowledge and expertise of different nutrition routes and the benefits vs burdens and risks of these modalities, both enteral and parenteral nutrition.

Ethics expertise is built on an understanding of ethical principles, when applied in clinical ethics, using critical thinking to prevent ethical dilemmas and to assist in healthcare decision making with a focus on patient-centered care. The NSCs have the opportunity to address ethics during direct patient care with their participation in the intensive care unit interprofessional rounds, family meetings, and surrogate meetings.

Evident in ethical dilemmas is often the lack of advance care planning by patients and their family members concerning healthcare wishes for when the individual is unable to communicate their preferences for life-sustaining therapies, including nutrition support. NSCs, as hospital bioethics committee members, are able to support the initiative of National Healthcare Decisions Day to help educate other healthcare clinicians and the public about the importance of advance care planning with communication of healthcare wishes and completion of an advance directive. Components addressed in the article are incorporated into a comprehensive ethics case study, highlighting the role of NSCs.

1. Schwartz DB, Pavic-Zabinski K, Tull K. Role of the Nutrition Support Clinician on a Hospital Bioethics Committee. Nutr Clin Pract. 2019;34(6):869-880. doi:10.1002/ncp.10378




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